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goes on, the their mission. >> t divisions within t military alliance. i put it to correspondent thatato isot exactly speakingith one voice. >>ar from it. this is a bit of an embeuropean and nato allies are under frustration americans want to concede control as soon as possible. they cannot at the moment.ou hag the unified front, france and britain are at odds. you do not want we simply got a statement, barely three
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wch is kamal of the allies are committed to stopping the violence -- which is, all of the allies are committed to stopping america will not step back until it is convinced it and there -- there is a solid command andntrr the nato talks will go on ic demow, trying to resolve this >> thank you. in other news, opposition parties in yemen have rejected 's to resign after parliamentary elections in january. he is under mounting pressure, after several top army generals joined anti-government protesters calling for democracy. he warned that the country ul plunge io civil if th army tries to stage a coup. protesters on tuesday accused his regime of mmti massacres and express their support for the revolution.
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at least four palestinians have been killed in an israeli tier attack in gaza city. two of the dead, palestinians said, were children. the witnesses said they were plinsoerheaanshl struck a nearby house. the latest killings come days after rising cross border violence. israel said it was targeting militants in gaza after an upscale in mortar attacksn rent days. there is still radiation coming off of japan's fukushima power plant, but no one knows why. stm d smoke also continue to rise from the damaged reactor. no news today on whether efforts to cool the reactor and moving foar japanese authorities have begun testing for radiation in the seawater near the plant. meanwhile, the world health organization says the radiation
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levels measured in local produce are more serious than previously thought. >> were presumed i rctor 3 after a day -- a day after the smoke forced officials to suspend operations. it is now believed the smoke is from burning debris. >> it is difficult to get inside the burning reactor. wereanyzing the procedures and measuring the level of reactivity -- radioactivity to determine the cause of t smoke. >> engineers say power was restored to all six of the plant's reactors on tuesday. that is a key steptorearin the cooling systems and bringing temperatures down in the reactors. meanwhile, fear of contaminated odndluetg sales is spreading in tokyo. deliveries of milk and spinach into the area of abortion are nn. >> it is -- into the fukushima area are banned.
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>> it is only a small area, but it is involved in the band. we will not have anything to eat with such a regulation. >> forecasters say changing ndcould in more radioactivity to tokyo, prompting renewed fear. meanwhile, the u.s. carrier george washington, which is stationein japan, has left the harbor south of tokyo as a precaution. >> another nuclear emergency has certainly tten the aention of the german chancellor. she says, rapid decisions are needed on the future of power in this country. and the leaders of the power plants say therefore -- there will be a panel to assess the risk on german nuclear plant. >> tuesday's meeting at the chancellery produced an agreement on the addition of a panel of experts. there will look at the
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implications of nuclear power. an ethics commission for safe energy supply will be tasked with assessing the risks and ranking them. >> it won't focus on current safety standards, but on identifying risks that have not been considered in the past. >> isn't it time to reassess the promises that we work with and base our standards on new, tougher premises? couldn't two catastrophe strike in germany at the same time, a flood, and an explosion? >> the goal is to make nuclear power a thing of the past quickly and aim for renewable energy. but that has consequences. >> renewable energy cannot be achieved without expanding the transmission grid. >> the german energy sector is set to change, but the speed and type of change have yet to become clear. >> and portier bank losing a
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major court case here. >> -- deutsche bank losing a major court case here. >> it is extremely complicated and risky tool and that it here. it is an exchange of long-term credit for short-term credit. you look at the short-term credit rates. if they are lower, the credit rates, that is fine. if they are higher, which is what happened during the financial crisis, that is when you have massive loss -- massive losses and you get into trouble. the judges said the bank failed to point out the risks. municipalities and businesses across germinate lost 7 -- several hundred million euro in the swaps. -- across germany lost several hundred million europe and the swaps. >> 25 more cases are pending and there is similar legal action
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elsewhere in europe. lawyers say the ruling will not hurt the bank. >> there are a number of cases involving the deutsche bank and the amounts in those cases are manageable. the bank has adequate risk provisions. >> the derivatives were sold to some 700 medium-sized enterprises and numerous local authorities. >> in layman's terms, this is simply betting on the difference between one your interests -- interest rates and 10-year interest rates. the interest rates could increase or decrease, meaning you could make money or lose money betting on that. these are advances on interest- rate changes, which can be very unpredictable. >> the judge highlighted conflict of interest, saying deutsche bank was obliged to guard the customer's interest alone, whereas here, a loss to the customer worked to the bank's advantage.
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many banks sold their customers similar products. >> iraq but now of tuesday's trading action. -- a wrap up now of tuesday's trading action. >> a day of confidence was followed by a day of caution and reluctance. more and more companies are worried about the situation in japan. many industries depend on the problems there. investors have been worried and shares plunged. more could come from the supply problems in japan than previously thought. >> also under pressure, the bureau has retreated today from its 4.5 month high against the dollar. time to take a look at the numbers. jermaine's blue chip dax closed down -- and germany's blue-chip
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dax closed down about a fifth of a percent. the dow industrials are sliding 1.5%. and europe -- the hero is currently trading at 1.02. -- the bureau is currently trading at 1.02. the german retailer performed well on most markets. over 100 new stores were open, especially in china, india, and russia. it does say that external factors, the north of african unrest, and the japanese and catastrophe have a feddis -- the and the japanese could have to be have affected sales. >> supplies have been slow to reached supermarkets, including branches of matro.
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>> we do not have the goods available to the extent that we used to. that has to do with the fact that much of the infrastructure is damage. i think it will be sorted out in the next few weeks. >> japan is one of their smaller markets, compared to china or vietnam, where the retail chain has a substantial presence in the market. with the company's best annual results under its belt, they're planning to open more stores in countries where the economy is growing fast. >> no one else offers the retail concept we represent. at the level of development and sophistication that we can provide. >> they already generates two- thirds of the revenue outside of its german home market. >> the sales were raised to 4.5% last month, the highest level in two years. the rising cost of food and
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energy prices the main factor. the retail prices rose even faster by 5.5% interest rates. interest rates will have to go up sooner than thought to keep prices down. >> why did canute died? the popular polar bear passed away unexpectedly at the age of four last week. pathologist say that he suffered from a rare strain that may have contributed to his demise. hundreds of people have been flocking to the enclosure where he lived with three female bears. he captured the hearts of many shortly after his birth when he was abandoned by his mother and then raised by zookeeper's. you are watching the journal on dw-tv. it will be right back after a
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>> welcome back. how much radiation is in the food chain in japan? here's what we know so far. elevated levels of radiation have been found in the sea water near the fukushima water plapow. recent tests also show higher than normal levels of radiation in the air well beyond the nuclear power plant. officials say the risk is still minimal, but if the -- is the uncertainty that is the problem for most people. we have a look at how japanese -- the japanese are living with fear of radiation. in >> tense moments before these people find out whether or not
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they have been exposed to radiation. >> i was very afraid i have been contaminated with radiation. my children, too. my children mean more than anything to me. >> above all, we are worried there will be discrimination up against those who are contaminated with radiation. >> and no one knows how many of them there will be. the uncertainty and fear of adverse health effects have put many people on edge. this factory worker tells us he wears a mask every time he leaves his house and tries not to breathe too deeply. others did not leave their houses for a week. but now, they slowly want to return to normality despite
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their fear. >> i do not feel safe at all as far as the radioactivity is concerned. some food and water has now tested positive for radiation. in the village just 30 kilometers from the fukushima and plant -- fukushima plant, drinking water is no longer allowed. rations are being distributed instead. spinach and other vegetables, as well as milk, has all been tainted. there is also a risk to seafood has heightened levels of radiation have entered the ocean. everyone is trying to come to terms with a catastrophe. and >> i am quite certain no contaminated food is being sold, but i'm washing my vegetables the early to be on the safe side. i am especially worried because it is raining. i do not know if it is a kdot to get wet. -- ok to get wet. >> people are worried about what might happen next.
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this woman has lost everything. she is a farmer and the radiation is threatening her livelihood. >> i grow produce. i am scared that the radiation means i will not be able to make a living as a farmer in the future. >> wondering if he will ever be able to return home, this man is staying at emergency accommodation. he used to live just 30 kilometers from the nuclear power plant. >> is my home contaminated with radiation? when can i go home? i do not know the answer. >> and answers will be some time coming. still coming to terms with what has happened, many japanese are now worried about the uncertain days and months ahead. >> one way to cope with the fear and frustration is communication with other people in the same situation. that is what bloggers did in japan after the earthquake.
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we now have two of them responding online to the crisis. >> after the quake, we had no information. there were no reports about does on television. in the city bar i live, it is just 50 kilometers from -- where i live, it is just 50 kilometers from the power plant. i started a blog. people close to save the questions about fukushima. parents and children used the blog to search for and find each other. the blog is full of names and messages, even today. >> people's sadness, anger and fear run sunday. they simultaneously experienced an earthquake, a tsunami and nuclear contamination. food has become scarce. people have lost their hope for the future. people in the disaster zones could be helped if petrol supply
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could finally be delivered to the provinces. >> after the earthquake, my immediate thought was that the reactors in fukushima could not be cooled anymore. there was no information from the government. the nuclear power plant has been in fukushima since i was born. i never paid much attention to it. the message was that radiation had no effect on the human body. i was reassured at the time. >> i have a two-year-old and a 4-year-old. my children made an origami and give it to me to make me smile. a gift voucher for laughter. i can work harder. i can work -- push myself more. many people are worse off than me. they are suffering more than me. i cannot complain. >> still much too early to determine the severity of the fukushima emergency. it remains to see if efforts to
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cool the reactors will prevent a meltdown. there are two events in history that qualify as major accidents. this explosion of the chernobyl power plant in 1986 was the worst. there was another in 1957 at the nyack power plant, also in the soviet union. at last, spread a cloud several hundred kilometers over what is now russia. at least to a hundred people died. we have this report on how people continue to deal with the consequences more than half a century later. >> you can see that my act nuclear facility in the distance. -- deny akmathe nyack nuclear fn the distance. the of deutzman family lived in a village 30 kilometers away. they had no idea. only once the soviet union had ceased to insist did the authorities are to address the problem. >> they only told us in 1992.
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that is when president yeltsin came here and said everything was contaminated with radioactivity. and that we had to leave and should be resettled a somewhere else. for years during the soviet era, radioactive waste from the facility was simply poured into the river. the source of drinking water for many villages. vladimir of greenpeace says not only what nyack a nuclear weapons development facility, but it is now used as a repository for spent nuclear fuel. >> the international atomic energy agency had warned the long ago about problems at fukushima. but we only hear about that now. it is just like russia's policy on keeping people informed.
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people living near the processing plants were told nothing for ages, and even today, they are not fully informed. >> about 30 years ago, authorities to to resettle the people. but even today, environmentalists say they are much too close. >> keep in mind year in and year out that you are not allowed to go there and spend time there. that is psychologically really hard. >> sonja and her family have been hit hard by the contamination. her son, now 46, suffered radiation damage before he was born, leaving him mentally handicapped. but the disability allowance does not cover the cost of looking after him. any number of people in the area are in the same straits. and the plant is to blame. >> that has been our in-depth at
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i'm janice edwards. this is bay area vista. today we are talking about empowering our youth. dr. katherine athens has written just imagine and an opportunity to broaden their imagination. simmons, director of youth helps youth move towards a brighter future. that's next. ♪ [ music ] ♪ bay area vista, vista ♪ bay, bay area vista >> welcome to bay area vista, i'm janice edwards. thank you so much for joining us. today we are talking about
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giving our youth a vision for the future. empowerful. dr. katherine athens is the author of just imagine. and the director of youth uprising. dr. ashton, athens, thank you so much for being with us. >> we talked about the book just imagine just a little bit in the open and that book plus another book of yours in terms of pursuing your dreams is what you focus upon. can you tell me what has led you to the passion that you have about making sure that people are connected to a vision for their lives. >> well, vision is everything because without vision, we have no plan, we have no purpose, but i was pondering that and as a youth i always wanted to be of service to humanity and always wanted to help people. and i had an amazing imagination as a child and i
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would imagine all kinds of things in full living color and so just imagine is my gift to people to say, you know, we have this ability as humans. we have this imagination that can help us solve problems, teach us about our lives, teach us about who we are, and we need to use it. >> now, in terms of just imagine, i mentioned that for the youth throughout the oakland school system, you partnered with project soar and you have decided that now the juniors will be able to read this book, because that's such a critical age and they are looking towards planning for college or whatever their futures might hold and it's a time when imagination is of critical importance. >> absolutely. it has been such a pleasure to work with project soar, which is a project of gear up, which
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is a federal program to support children in the transition that they go through into college, into later, early adulthood and without an imagination, how are children supposed to be able to think about who they might be or what they might like and in turn with that, i talk a lot in the book about getting in contact with your heart. and in make your dreams come true, the first book, i talk a lot about how the heart tells the truth and in your heart are really the blueprints for your life and the active imagination can ignite these and open the doors so that these young people can see, wait a moment, i can do that. i can make my dreams come true. there is a door. there isn't a wall, there is an opening. there's a path and to give these young people support so
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that they can really activate and make their potential fulfilled. that's so important. >> you know, one of the things you were saying is that this helps push past the barriers and i think many times that's the challenge. even after you read something, you know this well with people who come to you. what are the steps that are important for continuing on the path once you make a decision? maybe i'm not going to follow what my peers are doing. i'm going to pursue my dreams. what else does it take to keep moving forward even during times of challenge? >> it takes really a safe and a belief and tenacity. and these kids, i don't think sometimes have that developed. so just saying look, you can do this. if you can dream it, you can do it. if you can think it, you can make it. so i think adults who are mentors who say no, don't settle for that, go for your
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biggest dream. i had a teacher once who said the shortest way is to the biggest dream. >> that's great. >> isn't that nice? i think that's a step. and not to take no for an answer. if you really want something, if you really want it, don't take no for an answer. i like to site colonel sanders. he went to 46 people and got 46 nos. >> can the kentucky fried chicken. on the 47th person they said yes to his secret recipe. it took him 46 nos. so you know -- >> that's a lot of rejection. >> if colonel sanders can do it, we can do it, too. >> what did you face when you decided you were going to pursue your dreams in this field that you had to keep pushing past? did you encounter any kind of rejection? >> oh, all the time.
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as a matter of fact, i encounter rejection all the time because i want to do something good and people want to project negative things on to it. and people say, well you'll never be able to get that done. and for instance, the books with project -- it's too short of time. you'll never get it done. of course we'll get it done. >> it's a tribute to all of those students. >> right. and there was plenty of time. even time to spare. >> and it's funny to say that with a book called just imagine, people saying you won't be able to do it. it's ironic. >> it certainly does. in my life in psychology. i didn't intend to go to psychology. my psych 1 teacher was interesting. he hated my guts for whatever reason because i spoke my mind and i was honest and so he looked at me. i think it was dr. anderson. he looked at me and said you know, katherine, if you get an a on the final, i'm going to be forced to give you an a because
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it's an apa final. i said okay. what did i know? so i did get an a on the final and he announced it in class and he said i hate this woman. i wish she weren't in our class. this is a class of 250 people. i'm 18 years old. >> oh my gosh. >> you know? >> that could have crushed you. but instead, you were determined and you also had people around you to supp')t you and moving forward. it's funny you said i thought i was the only one who had a professor who would say something like that. i had one of those, too. you'll never do it. it's so important to keep persevering, to find those who will encourage you and say you can. that's so much of what our youth need to hear right now. >> absolutely. and don't follow the old road. follow your own road. you know, and it's probably an over used saying, but every strand in the quilt is
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beautiful and if we have the same kind, it would be ugly or boring. we have to be different. we have to have differences. we have to express our differences because that is perspective and the painting about perspective is flat. you know, and so i encourage the youth and tell the youth, you know what? be as different as you are. don't pretend to be different, be as different as you are in your heart. >> you talk about making your dreams come true now is discernment. for people who aren't familiar with that term, can you explain what it is and how it plays a role in moving towards your dream? >> yes. discernment is an inner guidance system that we develop, that everyone, first of all, everyone has the ability to discern, which means looking at the differences. looking at what is true for you all the time. what's true for you most of the
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time. what's true for you sometimes. what's rarely true for you and what's not true for you at all and it's through the heart and listening to the body. i'm working on a new book and what we've learned doing the research is that there's intelligence? every cell of our body. >> uh-huh. >> and that there are little brains. there's a brain in the heart and the brain in the heart actually tells the brain in the head what to do. it's not the opposite way and if the brain and the heart isn't consulted, it shuts off the brain in the head and it doesn't work very well. >> that's why a lot of times, i'm moving towards this goal, your heart says no, that's not who i am. i want to be -- i want to express myself in this way. that's when the disconnect happens and sometimes for youth when they go off track. maybe there's a family pressure to do a certain thing or break away from a dysfunctional family, but the heart says this is what love is.
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how do you advise people to deal with engaging your heart and your mind in a way so that you can move toward positive things and maybe that's not what you've known in your life? >> well, i think the very first step is recognizing you want to move away from negative things and to give yourself a pat on the back. to give yourself validation. to say good for you. you know, give yourself a gold star and say wow, i'm willing to do this. then find people -- you can find them through the phone book, through activities, through the community center that are doing something like you want to do. doesn't have to be exactly. and contact them and say i need help. i need mentoring. i need tutoring. what are you do? how do you do it? what do you recommend i do? even if it's not exactly. you are going to get positive feedback. >> we are talking about giving
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and there are scientific documentation about the fact that that engages our brains in important ways for our well ko being. can you explain about how ceritonin is involved in the giving process? >> absolutely. as we give it stimulates the producers to secrete more in the brain and ceritonin is the feel good drug, and it is the basis for making melatonin, which we need to turn off our activating system and let us sleep. >> yes. >> so the more we give, you know, the better we'll sleep at night. >> now there is scientific proof to back that up. and it's so important in many ways, when we are talking about our theme today about helping youth feeling empowers. feeling different and feeling
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isolated is one of the things that can lead to bad choices many times. and a lot of the studies that you are fond of, talk about how we are interconnected. how do you advise people, maybe parents to talk with teenagers or for all of us to become more aware of the fact that we are connected and how would articul scientific research that is involved with that? because we were talking earlier, i know that those are some of the studies that you have been involved with. >> absolutely. first of all, i would encourage parents to understand that their kids are going through a huge revolution in their hormones. now in order to think, we need hormones and we need balance and the way to begin that, if always to go to the heart, because the heart actually is a huge producer of hormones in the body and also produces adrenaline and also sends
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messages to the brain, wait a moment, calm down. so if parents can love their children, do things that are loving. you know, make chocolate chip cookies and slip a little invitation under the door. chocolate chip cookies and ice cream are waiting for you. >> you are still a part of this family. something to engage. > yes, engage, and have a sense of humor. you know, we are so serious and you know, and now children are so pushed academics, academics. children need to get out and exercise their bodies+ what people don't understand is there are little brains all over the body and if the body isn't worked and stimulated, those brains aren't worked and stimulated. sitting in a classroom looking at a board, listening is not going to stimulate the brain enough as we are developing to really do some of those
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abstract things that they are asking children to do. and so i'm a real supporter of physical education, physical exercise, and also music. music is vital and that's another thing in the home. play some wonderful music. you know, music that has words, that's affirming words, good jazz, good songs that are so many beautiful songs that are affirming that can be played and sing. sing to your kids. if you want to tell them to make the bed, sing it, you know. >> that is an interesting concept. >> you might even wrap it, you know. >> something to get them engaged. >> and they'll look at you like what's going on here? >> but they will be engaged and say that was interesting. i'm not so bored with my parents right now. there's an opportunity for dialogue. >> it's important that we come
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to the children's world because the children have their own world and we had our world where we've grown up. it's important that we speak in terms that they can understand and not be so judge mental and not be so pushy. but to really be supportive and engaging and ask questions that are open ended and seek their opinions and be with them. >> yeah. being with them is the most important. >> it is. >> dr. athens, i want to thank you so much for all you bring for your vision, for just imagine being distributed through project soar, to oakland juniors so they can help broaden their vision for a bright future. >> thank you so much. it's my pleasure. >> glad to have you here. if you would like to contact dr. katherine athens, here's how to do so. also on our website. and also there's more information about project soar there. ♪ bay area vista, vista
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we have been talking about youth empowerment and youth uprising is a development center that offers a variety of ways for youth to express themselves and look toward a brighter future. >> i'm the program manager here at youth uprising for the peacemaking team and youth uprising is all about youth leadersh$h and community transformation. >> my name is aaron smith. i'm a social worker at youth uprising and what we do at the health and wellness team is we support youth in their mission to achieve personal transformations, which contributes to the overall goals and vision of youth uprising. >> hi, my name is summer clark and i'm a youth employee here at youth uprising and i grew up in this community and it's great to have a group like this that gives back to the youth. >> thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you for having me.
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>> we are talking about youth and giving them a vision and that's something that you are passionate about. can you give us a little background on youth uprising? we saw some things there, but how it came about and how you decided it was going to be your contribution at the next level. >> we took five years to plan it. we went through a developmental phase. we looked at the door and we came back and had an honest conversation about the needs in oakland were and we engage in people deeply and paid them to be a part of the design team and gave us a reflection from both their heads and hearts about what east oakland needed. what young people in oakland needed to build a future of their own. and so after five years of planning, we've now been five years in operation. i think we are smarter than the average five-year-old. we are happy about that. and we have a formula that is simple. we believe that if you assist
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young people and personally transforming, and then you partner with them to change the systems that impact their lives, that those two pieces together can change a place, can transform a community. and so we give young people lots of opportunities to not only personally transform, but to change the systems that impact their lives. >> in what way do they change the systems that impact their lives? >> we have young people that sits on boards and commissions for the city of oakland. we have a young person who is on the police oversight review board. we have young people that sit on the housing commission. we have young people who actually lead voter registration education and mobilization events. we do a series of electorial forrums. sometimes for officials and sometimes just for ballot initiatives, so we don't just have registered voters, but informed voters. so you name it and we'll create a space for a young person to do it. habitat for humanity. earth day, we create all kinds
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of opportunities for young people to reflect back in statements to the state and statements to city council about what their needs are and how those needs need to be impacting policy. >> it's so important for them to know their voices can actually make a difference. >> yes. >> because especially in east oakland. there are many positive things about oakland, but there are areas that are called the killing corridors, and tragically, too many young people have been lost to those. i know as we are talking, the loss of yet another at youth uprising. >> attended a funeral for deangelo and his family and friends and there were as many people standing outside wanting to get in as there were inside. it is a reminder how far astray we let our young people go. we cannot hold them accountable for our failures. homicide, access to guns, ready
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access to drugs really is on us. they are not setting policy. they are not responsible for the kinds of systems that need to be in place to protect them. and our failures actually result in the deaths quite frankly, of far too many young people. particularly young men of color. >> because when you are talking about that, the focus is this person made this choice, but it's not looking at the system that fostered those choices. >> you know, it's very easy to blame the victim, but the truth of the matter. i think no matter where you are in the country, young people fall into three general bucket ease. there are 20% of young people who have a lot of agency. they are going to go to college, they have all the support that they need, and maybe our relationship with them as a caring positive adult will push them maybe from a community college to a four- year school, or push them into graduation, or intergraduate school. there's a group of maybe 60, 70
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young people who could go either way. they are okay students. they may be in trouble. they may be hang out with the wrong kids, but they are involved in school and they do okay. they are the kids that are at the tipping point and then there are a group of 20% of the kids who are in trouble. who simply got into trouble. sometimes to no fault of their own. foster care system has failed them. the parental system around them has failed. their fabric hasn't supported them in developing the agency that young people have. the thing we don't acknowledge is the young people in the last bucket, the young people that are troubled are the tone setters in neighborhoods. they are the leaders and they drive the culture and influence very mucwhich way the young people in the middle go. and so it's our responsibility to target them with love, with support, with resource, and with a host of options that quite frankly, we want to only give to the young people in the first bucket. and so it's very easy to blame
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young people for the conditions that they find themselves in. and what i say to people is, if you have nothing, and i mean literally nothing, you don't know where you're going to sleep. you are willing to do unthinkable things, to just have a place to live at night. that you'll die for anything if you have nothing. and we have an obligation to 2uve young people the kinds of resources that we had. the kinds of resources that every american, quite frankly, has a right to, and we can't blame them for them not having that. >> we can't get into an extensive discussion, but why do you think it's very common for people to look at youth? people look at every generation and say now this generation, now it's the pants down to here and rappers, but you talk about the love that is there. what do conversations sound
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like when you start engaging someone who is feeling like you have nothing. i don't believe in what you are talking about. how does it start? because you are coming from a place of love, but what is it that you say that starts to engage them to turn that around? >> well, two things. one is that i wore microminis and platform shoes and the adults were like, oh my god. and before art, there was elvis 2ue presley and rock and roll. i think each generation, you know, at least in east oakland, they wear dread locks. we have to remember we were young, too, and that people judged us, too. but we were really seeking an identity of our own and identity development is a part of adolescent development. and so when you g'to a young person, it's not what you say that matters. it's not what you say that allows them to believe that love is possible and that caring is authentic.
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it's how you say it. it's how you present it. it's absolutely what's in your heart and people know, i mean as adults we may remove ourselves from that knowing, but certainly young people have a way of knowing what is true and so they know when your authentic and when you're not. you can't meaningfully be in a relationship with someone because it's your job. it's not possible. you are in a relationship with a person because you have a longing j give. a longing to contribute. a longing to be seen and to see them. and young people understand that and know that and desperately long for that. >> you mentioned -- i'm wondering when you were growing up -- >> so long ago. >> not that long ago. just a few years. but when you were growing up, what was it that happened in your life that led to you, the perspective, the work, and the commitment that you have now to the community? >> i had a very interesting and challenging upbringing.
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i lived through some circumstances that probably in this generation would land me in the foster care system. very challenging. and through that, i learned that one or two adults that see yojand see potential in you and believe in l'u changes your life. i have one person who loved me deeply and cared for me and said to me, whatever you choose, whatever you want, it is all possible. and it really is that simple. and so i'm not paying forward, i'm paying back. and if each of us are honest, we realize we have that person. for some of us it was a parent. for some of us it was a neighbor or a neighbor or an aunt, whomever. but if we are honest, we all have that and ask the question, are we giving that back? are we paying back that debt that we owe to humanity? >> you are doing it in a beautiful way. we are grateful for the work
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you are doing through youth uprising and thank you for joining us. >> glad to be here. >> if you would like to know more information, the information is on our screen úgd also on our website. and that's our show. we are glad to be able t'share this with you today and we focus on giving and youth empowerment. thank you for all that you do. we hope to see you next week. please join us then. i'm janice edwards. ♪ bay area vista, vista ♪ bay, búl area, bay area vista, vista ♪ ♪ bay, bay area, bay, bay area vista ♪
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